Nikon D800 Surprises with 36.3 Megapixels


Nikon has officially launched the D800 upgrade to its 3½ -year old D700 full frame professional DSLR. It has a whopping 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor which claims to deliver unprecedented levels of detail and tonal range. The sensor provides a 12-channel readout with 14-bit A/D conversion and high signal-to-noise ratio, according to Nikon.

The new D800 offers these headline features:

  • an ISO range of 50-25600
  • EXPEED 3 image-processing engine
  • Full HD (1080p) movies
  • external stereo microphone input
  • 51-point auto-focusing
  • 4fps continuous shooting in FX-format (6fps in DX-format)
  • 921k-dot LCD monitor
  • an optical viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverage and 0.7x magnification
  • USB 3.0 data transfer and high-speed CF (UDMA 7)
  • SD (SDXC and UHS-1) dual card slots.

Another variant, the Nikon D800E, incorporates an optical filter with the anti-aliasing properties removed in order to produce the sharpest images possible. Aside from the optical filter, all functions and features are the same as on the regular D800.

Available in late March, the D800 will retail for about $3000; the D800E will start shipping in mid-April for a retail price of $3300.

[Site: Nikon USA]

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.